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5 people charged with transporting 100 pounds of meth
Published On: 04-04-2018 in Category: Drug trafficking
Contra Costa County prosecutors have charged five individuals for conspiring to transport huge amounts of methamphetamine from Long Beach and Los Angeles to East Contra Costa. The group allegedly transported the drugs using cars with inbuilt secret compartments. The charges for trafficking over 100 pounds of meth across California during 2014 were filed on March 12, 2018.
According to prosecutors, the group used several fraudulent methods to carry out their activities, including transporting large amounts of meth concealed in labeled food cans to an undisclosed destination on the 2200 block of Verne Roberts Circle in Antioch. They even shipped drug consignments to places such as Pittsburg and Walnut Creek.
The accused have been identified as 28-year-old David Stopani, 30-year-old Israel Zuniga, 23-year-old George Placensia, 27-year-old Benjamin Zuniga-Mora, and 31-year-old Luis Reza. They currently face charges of conspiracy to transport methamphetamine for sale and multiple other drug-related accusations. However, the five men have refuted the charges and a preliminary hearing of the case has been scheduled for March 29, 2018.
According to the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC), in fiscal year 2016, there were 6,460 methamphetamine trafficking offenders, who accounted for 33.6 percent of all offenders sentenced under the drug trafficking guidelines. The number of meth offenders has risen sharply by 26.4 percent since fiscal year 2012.
Studies suggest most of the meth sold in the U.S. has its origins in Mexico with Mexican drug cartels dominating the cross-border drug trafficking scene. California, being a border state, is a popular entry point for phenomenal consignments of meth and other controlled substances, which make their way further north. According to law enforcement agencies, Mexican-produced meth usually enters the U.S. through the many points of entry (POEs) along the South Western border by passenger vehicles, which include pickup trucks and cars.
Leading a meth-free life once again
Meth, which is generally available in the form of crystal, is a highly addictive and dangerous substance. People use meth to achieve a short-lived, delusional sense of well-being, which pushes them toward an inevitable breakdown after the effects of the drug begin to wear away. Some of the significant side effects of meth use are extreme weight loss, hyperactivity, paranoia, hallucinations, uncontrollable aggression, irregular sleep patterns and anxiety. Moreover, extended abuse of the drug can cause irreversible harm such as damage to visceral organs, cardiovascular disorders, central nervous system (CNS) instability, hypertension, and mood swings. Chronic meth use can also wreak havoc in the users’ personal and professional lives.
Notably, meth addiction can be treated with timely medical intervention. If you or your loved one is battling addiction to methamphetamine or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Long Beach Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 562-846-1995 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.